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Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

Marina Milojević | 10.27.17 | 12:25 AM

The house of Jaquet Droz introduces a new and exceptional automaton timepiece inspired by a tropical landscape. The Tropical Bird Repeater is the latest watch to join the Mainson’s line of automaton timepieces, which was introduced in 2012. Celebrating a poetic naturalism, a signature style of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the new model features animated birds and other creatures hand-decorated by engravers and miniaturist painters.

Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

The boomingly exotic tropical flora and fauna is set against a mother of-pearl dial enclosed in a red gold case. The sides of the case have been hand-engraved by Jaquet Droz’s craftsmen, while the pared-down case back is engraved only with the Numerus Clausus.

Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

The motif on the dial replicates the Garden of Eden, its magnificent waterfall, and a water flowing freely in a realistic fashion. The spotlight is on a hummingbird hand-carved and hand-engraved by the Maison’s artists, which moves towards a shrub of bright orange birds of paradise. The wings of the bird beat up to 40 times per second, breathing incredible realism to the scene. On the right, there is a blue peacock that opens and closes its tail, while a toucan appears behind the palm leaves at 3 o’clock. Three delicate dragonflies, with SuperLuminova-coated wings are visible at 9 o’clock position. In total, there are seven different animations that may exceed twelve seconds allow for up to 4 different scenarios!

Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

The new automaton is also a minute repeater, which means that it chimes on demand for the hours, quarter hours, and minutes. The sound is produced when a single push on a dedicated timepiece activates the hammers produce vibration by striking the cathedral gongs.

Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater

The watch is powered by the new Jaquet Droz RMA89 mechanical movement, which beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and provides around 86 hours of power reserve. The mechanism is nestled inside a 47mm case, which is mounted on a green alligator strap. Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater, reference J033033200, is limited to 8 unique pieces.

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